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An ancient castle, a tragic love, and a web of secrets begins to unravel....

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a 13th-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a "treasure of great price". And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, there was another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

©1995, 2013 Susanna Kearsley (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • Suz
  • 10-10-2017

beautifully done

loved everything. The story, the narrator, everything. Susanna Kearsley writes the most beautiful stories.

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  • Vicky
  • 02-06-2014

Good story, sloppy editing

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The story itself is a fun listen, but in almost every chapter there is an editing mistake where the narrator will say the same sentence twice in different intonations. A couple of times it was clear that she had read the sentence incorrectly and had to do it again. Other than that it is a good summer listen.